sirocco

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From Italian scirocco (south-east wind), from Andalusian Arabic شَلُوق.

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sirocco (plural siroccos)

  1. A hot and often strong southerly to southeasterly wind on the Mediterranean that originates in the Sahara and adjacent North African regions.
    Synonyms: ghibli (Libya)
    • 1888 Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist 1'
      This tolerance and largeur of the heart that 'forgives' everything because it 'understands' everything, is sirocco for us.
    • 1814 George Gordon, Lord Byron Corsair, i:14
      But come, the board is spread ; our silver lamp / Is trimm'd, and heeds not the sirocco's damp.
  2. A draft of hot air from an artificial source of heat.

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  • 1896 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, vol 4 p 4286

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